Comment 03 Oct 17

Croatia’s Spying Row With Bosnia is No Coincidence

As Croatia braces for a potentially devastating war-crimes ruling in November, it is desperately trying to force Bosnia on to the defensive.

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Croatian Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic (first from the right) and President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic (second from the right). Photo: Anadolu Agency/Stipe Majic

The recent spying row between the two neighbouring countries of Bosnia and Croatia proves the old thesis that things in high politics rarely happen by coincidence.

The Croatian weekly Nacional and the Bosnian media portal Slobodna Bosna are the two latest “combatants” to join the ongoing diplomatic, political and now media feud between the two countries.

After Nacional reported twice in the last two weeks that Bosnia’s intelligence agencies had been conducting illegal surveillance on Croatian and Bosnian Croat businessmen, Slobodna Bosna responded in kind.

In an article published last week, it claimed that the editor of Nacional had received 15,000 euros for this media campaign, from the Bosnian Croat management of a Bosnian public company.

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